Sarasota discharges 124,000 gallons of treated, reclaimed water into bayou
SARASOTA — During heavy rains on Monday, a 36-inch discharge pipe in the city of Sarasota malfunctioned, releasing 124,000 gallons of reclaimed water into Whitaker Bayou.
The water was fully treated, disinfected and dechlorinated, and poses no health risk, the city said.
It exited from a broken fitting into a catch basin on 18th Street and drained as runoff into the bayou.
The city says it is permitted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to discharge this water into Whitaker Bayou and has done so for years.
The affected area was later cleaned and repaired.